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Questions About Orthodontics or Braces?
An orthodontist is a dentist who has chosen to specialize in the movement of teeth. In order to be called an orthodontist, a dentist must complete two to three years of advanced training after dental school, in order to learn all of the skills required to adjust.
You might need braces if:
- your front teeth are bucked or protrude excessively over your lower teeth
- your front teeth cover the majority of your lower teeth when you bite together (over bite)
- your front teeth fit behind or inside your lower front teeth when you bite together (under bite)
- your upper and lower front teeth do not touch when you bite together (open bite)
- your teeth are crowded or overlapping, or if they have space between them
- the centers of your upper and lower teeth do not line up
- you have difficulty chewing
- your teeth are wearing excessively or unevenly
- your lower jaw shifts to one side or the other when you bite together
Braces use steady, gentle pressure to gradually move teeth. Dr. Brian will place brackets on your teeth and then connect them with a wire that has been pre-shaped into the ideal form for your teeth and face. As this archwire tries to return to its original shape, it will gradually move your teeth into their proper positions.
Phase I (sometimes called early interceptive) is the treatment Dr. Brian may choose to do before all of the permanent teeth have come in, usually between ages six and ten. He might recommend it to make more space for developing teeth, or to correct a crossbite or underbite. During Phase I, you would not wear a full set of braces, rather, Dr. Brian would place partial braces or an expander. Phase I is typically only given to children with specific orthodontic problems and usually lasts 9 to 12 months. Dr. Brian will only recommend it if a delay in treatment will cause further problems down the road.
Phase II (comprehensive) is the treatment all orthodontic patients receive. It involves a full set of braces placed after all of the permanent teeth have come in and usually begins around age 12.
You could benefit from the following results of orthodontics:
- a more attractive smile
- reduced consciousness about your appearance; improved self-confidence
- increased functioning of your teeth
- better long-term health of your teeth and gums
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that every child should visit an orthodontist by age 7 (or earlier if a problem is detected by parents, family physician or dentist). At this age we can give you a good estimate of what sort of treatment you will be able to expect, although typically we don’t begin treatment until the majority of permanent teeth have come in (usually around age 12).
You might be surprised to learn that more than thirty percent of ortho patients are adults! Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age and we encourage you to explore the flexible options that could fit into your lifestyle.
Since everyone’s mouth is different, treatment times vary, but the average treatment length is one to two years.
A beautiful and healthy smile naturally leads to greater self-esteem. We will be satisfied with nothing less than the best when it comes to your teeth – the challenge that drives us is to exceed your expectations and give you the smile of your dreams.